In our previous article, we focused on Hard Light. This time, we will discuss the characteristics of Soft Light.

Soft light basically comes from a source that is larger compared to the subject. It also depends on the distance of the light or the size of your light source. The light illuminated when using Soft Light embraces your subject in such a way that it diffuses the shadow that is reflected resulting in a soft and clean image.

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The light fills in the shadows of your subject creating soft edges where light and dark areas are blended creating a soft gradient transition. The softer your light source is the less crisp will the shadows appear.

The bottom line, using a hard light or a soft light is one basic concept in lighting. Play around with them to see what best appeals to the concept you want to portray.

Contributed by Glenn Wesley Dulay
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